posted on Mar, 20 2006 @ 04:07 PM
Originally posted by knowledge23
What do you guys think, is this possible?
It certainly seems to be so. How? Beats the heck out of me. God's doing? I cannot believe that it is. Without going into my entire view of
spiritual and material reality--I think that if it were God doing this, it would be equivalent to 'taking one step forward, two steps back.' With
the first step being the spiritual resurrection of mankind 2000 years ago, and the second steps being the preservation of material life--compounded by
the common practice of mild evisceration of the dead saint's remains.
By that, I mean: sometimes a saint's incorruptible body will be stored beneath the altar of one church, while their heart/brain/misc. parts are
stored elsewhere! There are even cases of some merchandising of bits and pieces. Although this is called 'simony' (Acts chapter 8) by the church
and considered a big no-no, still has happened, usually with some sort of justification given for the infraction.
Are there any instance?
Probably the most popular/famous:
St Bernadette Soubrious
with many examples.
BT is right--many factors can and might contribute to such an instance. Bog bodies, extremely interesting in their own right, are more like mummifed,
though--as opposed to 'incorruptible.'
But in some cases with these saints, one can't help but suspect Madame Toussand-type trickery. Then, there are some that seem to defy known
explanation, such as the case of the very first one found--I think it was around 300 AD! And the body remains preserved to this day.
is a good article about Popes, in this regard. The recently deceased
Pope John Paul the (?) was not embalmed, and was interred in a marble tomb/crypt iindoors, somewhere--I assume the Vatican, but don't recall reading
anything specific in the article I read concerning his interrment.
Probably easy to google if you want to know more.